Aadil visits Rushey Mead Primary School

Children at Rushey Mead Primary School had a surprise visit from Leicestershire batsman Aadil Ali at their StreetChance taster session this morning.

Leicester-born Aadil joined Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket coaches Tom Leonard and Dave Allen as they passed on expert advice to the children at a session organised to help signpost the children to StreetChance sessions taking place in their area.

The children played a version of the game designed to get everybody quickly involved in batting and fielding, with Aadil taking over bowling duties from Dave in the second match.

Aadil then took some questions from the children, such as ‘Who have you played against in the past?’ and ‘How long have you played cricket for?’

Aadil said that it was a “dream come true” to sign his first professional contract with the club at the end of last season, and he had great fun getting involved in the cricket.

He said: “It was an excellent session and it was brilliant to see so many enthusiastic children starting young. I’d like to thank Rushey Mead Primary School for allowing me to get involved in the session.”

StreetChance is an inner-city cricket initiative funded by the Cricket Foundation that has engaged nearly 27,000 young people since 2008 in deprived areas lacking green space.

A girls only StreetChance session, run by Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket, takes place at Cossington Street Sports Centre between 4-6pm on a Monday evening. They also run boys and young adults sessions across the city. To get involved please call 0116 2442198.

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